Title: Chaos (Fates #2)
Author: Lanie Bross
Published: January 27th 2015 by Delacorte Press
"Can they change their destiny?
They kissed only once—and it was electric, like the air before a storm. But Corinthe and Luc broke the rules of the universe, and learned too late that their love would have consequences. In the dizzying aftermath, Luc refuses to accept his destiny—not if it means a life without Corinthe. As a fire rages through the Crossroads that connect worlds, Luc must find a way to turn back time and save Corinthe once and for all.
Meanwhile, Luc's 15-year-old sister Jasmine starts to realize things are not as they seem when time begins stuttering, sending her everyday life in San Francisco spinning into chaos. She’s thrown into the path of Ford, a troubled soul with a secret past, who helps her unravel the mysterious threads that connect them all.
Two breathtaking romances interweave across time in this story of what lies on the other side of Fate, as both Jas and Luc discover the incredible lengths they will go for love. "
First Line: "'Close your eyes. Tell me what you see.'"
Thoughts: Going into the novel, I didn't know what to expect. Since Corinthe played such a huge role in the first novel, I wondered how this one would go. After all, Luc did promise to find a way to be with Corinthe, even if he has to travel back in time and change the past. How would this theme work? Overall, while I liked CHAOS, I have to admit that I did like FATES more.
First off, this novel is told through Luc and Jasmine's point of views. You have Luc who is trying to manipulate time and find/be with Corinthe, and then you have Jas who is both blacking out and trying to piece together lost days and also running from the Executors. Sadly, her fate is still to die even though Corinthe sacrificed herself for Jas.
One thing I did like about this novel is how you learn more about Jas' history. Her back story is interesting, and I appreciated her and found her more intriguing in this novel than the last. One of the misses for me, however, is her relationship with Ford. It very much falls into the instalove category, and just felt very forced to me. I know teenagers sometimes fall immediately in love and whatnot, but I guess I'm just the type of person that would've liked to see a friendship initially built rather than love at first sight. Preferences and whatnot.
All in all, I enjoyed the mythology, the character development, the beautiful writing, and the introductions to new characters. The writing is what originally drew me into FATES, and it is what kept me reading in CHAOS. I look forward to seeing what Lanie Bross has in store for us next!
About the Author:
Lanie Bross was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine where they now live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-o-war with her 95 pound Lab, and writing for Young Adults. Chaos is the sequel to Fates.